Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - August 4, 2023
Ford Trucks Signs LOI for Fuel Cell System
Ford Trucks signed a letter of intent (LOI) to receive a fuel cell system as part of the development of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle prototype.
The agreement was signed with Ballard Power Systems, and the partnership includes an initial purchase order for two FCmove™-XD 120 kW fuel cell engines that Ballard will deliver to Ford Trucks in 2023.
Ford Trucks plans to integrate the fuel cell engines into its F-MAX 44-ton long-haul tractor truck. The automaker will build and assemble the fuel cell-powered F-MAX in Turkey and aims to commence European Ten-T corridor demonstrations in 2025 as part of the European Union's Horizon Europe Zero Emission Freight EcoSystem (ZEFES) project goals.
Per the LOI, upon the successful completion of the development program and subject to certain other conditions, Ballard may be named as the preferred supplier for the serial production of the fuel cell-powered F-MAX.
"At Ford Trucks, we invest in alternative technologies that will define the automobile industry's future in accordance with our sustainability aims," said Ford Trucks’ Vice President Emrah Duman in a statement. "Electrification, followed by hydrogen technology, is one of our top priorities. Our first Fuel Cell Electric-powered Vehicle F-MAX, which we will develop as part of the ZEFES project, will be a significant milestone. We are thrilled to be working with Ballard on this critical project. This long-term relationship will generate enormous value in the future."